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David Chapman

Recent activity:

The Difference That Makes a Difference 2013
8th - 10th April 2013

Information: Space, Time, and Identity

More information: www.dtmd.org.uk


David Chapman is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Systems Department of the Open University.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Having previously worked as a design engineer on optical fibre communication systems with Plessey Telecommunications, he joined the Open University in 1986 and has contributed material on telecommunications and ICT to a wide range of courses.  He was Director of the ICT Programme Committee from 2003 to 2006 and Head of the ICT Department from 2006 to 2007 (when a reorganisation saw the end of the department).

David is married with two sons, is a season-ticket holder for the MK Dons and attends the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. He is a fan of the slow movement and 
uses a bicycle to get to work even when it's raining.

Contact information

T. +44 (0)1908 652919
E. david.chapman@open.ac.uk
Twitter  @dachapman


David is currently presentation chair for T325 Technologies for Digital Media, a member of the course team presenting T324 Keeping Ahead in Information and Communication Technologies chairing the final presentation of T837: Systems Engineering.  
Other courses that he has contributed to in recent years include:
  • TU100 My Digital Life (first presentation 2011)
  • T175 Networked Living: Exploring Information and Communication Technologies (2005.)
  • T823 Multiservice Networks: controls (2004)
  • T822 Multiservice Networks: structures (2003)
Also the discontinued courses T305 Digital Communications, T322 Digital Telecommunications, PT629 Digital Telecommunications: Transmission and T102 Living with technology. David chaired the production of T305 and most of its presentations, and over ten years (1999 - 2008) the course was studied by a total of around 10,000 students. Associated with T305 were seven TV programmes produced by the BBC, including African Renaissance which was later used in T324 and can be viewed on ITunes U, and Attack in the Wires, which was reused for T823.

Attack on the Wires: 1/3

Academic interests

David's original field of research - and the topic of his PhD thesis - was optical fibre communication, whereas in recent years he has been developing interests in the nature of information.  He also has a long-standing interest in the role of ICTs in development.

He is a member of the
Society and Information Research Group.

He is co-editor (with Magnus Ramage and Chris Bissell) of Kybernetes:
The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences.

Selected output

  • (With Magnus Ramage) Introduction to The Difference That Makes a Difference, tripleC 11(1): 1-5, 2013
  • (With Magnus Ramage) Proceedings of The Difference that Makes a Difference DTMD 2011
  • (With Magnus Ramage) 'Perspectives on Information' Routledge 2011
  • 'The Information Society' Block 5 Part 1 of TU100: My Digital Life The Open University 2011
  • 'Geography is History' Block 1 Part 4 of TU100: My Digital Life The Open University 2011
  • Academic advisor for the OU-BBC collaboration on Click Radio
  • Academic advisor for OU-BBC co-production "The Virtual Revolution" (Winner of a digital Emmy and a Bafta)
  • 'Information and Meaning'. Presented at Cyber2008, Stockholm, November 2008
  • (With Chris Bissell) ‘Keeping Ahead in ICT: A New Approach to Updating for Final Year Undergraduates’ SEFI and IGIP Joint Annual Conference 2007, Miskolc, Hungary 1st - 4th July 2007
  • (With Chris Bissell and Adrian Poulton) 'Enabling technologies'. Block 1 of Technologies for Digital Media. The Open University 2009
  • (With Hazel Johnson and Gordon Wilson) 'ICTs in an unequal world'. Block 3 Part 2 of Information and Communication Technologies in Context. The Open University 2007
  • 'The Impact of Mobile Technology in Developing Nations' open2.net 8/2/10
  • 'The Virtual Revolution: Themes and Alternative Readings' OpenLearn blog post 8/3/10


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